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 Alexei Petrovich Romanov

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Alexei Petrovich Romanov

  • Birth 28 Feb 1690
  • Death 7 Jul 1718
  • Burial Saint Petersburg, Saint Petersburg Federal City, Russia
  • Plot tomb #16
  • Memorial ID 52655819

Russian Monarch~ Alexei was the heir apparent of Peter I the Great of Russia and his first wife Eudoxia Lopukhina. Alexei had 13 siblings yet he was the only son to live to adulthood. He parents had a poor marriage, which made Alexei's childhood uncomfortable. When he was nine year old, his father placed his mother in Suzdal Intercession Convent as he had other plans for his love life. Alexia was well educated and had an interest in archaeology, but his father required him to study lessons that would be more useful to a Russian czar such as military tactics and politics. After he finished his studies, an arranged marriage was made with Princess Charlotte of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel. Alexei did not care his bride and complained that she was ugly with Small Pox scars and too thin. Charlotte refused to join the Russian Orthodox Church as she wish to remain a protestant, but agreed to have their children be Russian Orthodox. Russian nobles was not pleased with having a protestant married to the heir to the throne. Although the couple did not live together but a few weeks, Charlotte borne him two children: Natalia and a son, the future Czar Peter II. After Natalia was born, Alexei humiliated his wife by he bringing his mistress, a common serf from Finland Afrosinia, to live at the palace with them. This was an arrangement similar to his father's arrangement with his common mistress. At the birth of Peter on October 11, 1715, Charlotte died. On the day of her funeral Peter the Great sent a letter to his son to order him to become more aware of state affairs since he was to be Russia's czar or he was not be heir to the wealth. Alexei replied that he wanted to become a monk and renounce the succession in favor of his baby half-brother Peter. Peter did not agree to these plans. Unhappy with his father's plans for his life, Alexei left the country for several months in a self-exile. Peter was angry with his son for this embarrassing scandal as European nobles were aware of the incident. By accident learned that his father was planning to kill him because he had left Russia. He told his father that he plan to return Russia and he wanted his father promised he would not be punished for leaving. Alexei wanted to marry Afrosinia and live quietly on an estate. Peter appeared to be happy that his son coming home. But upon his return, Peter turned on his son and forced a confession from him naming his friends as traitors of the state. Alexei gave his baby half brother the throne of Russia. Alexei thought the worst was over but the terror had just began: Alexei's friends who were named were killed, Eudoxia was dragged from her monastery and publicly tried for alleged adultery to get a divorce, clergy, which supported Edoxia were put to death, and Afrosinia turned on him giving evidence to Peter, thus Alexei was convicted of being most "dangerous traitor" and would put to death. On 26 June, two days after a long trial and numerous beatings, Alexei died at the Peter and Paul Fortress in St. Petersburg. Within a year, the baby half-brother died and also the next two sons that were borne to Peter the Great and his common mistress who became his second wife. Peter the Great had killed his only heir to the Russian throne. The next czar would be his grandson, Peter II.





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  • Created by: Linda Davis
  • Added: 21 May 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 52655819
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Alexei Petrovich Romanov (28 Feb 1690–7 Jul 1718), Find A Grave Memorial no. 52655819, citing St. Peter and Paul Fortress, Saint Petersburg, Saint Petersburg Federal City, Russia ; Maintained by Linda Davis (contributor 46609907) .